Cary Ritzler

Georgia Organizer

Cary Ritzler joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2022 as SACE’s Georgia Organizer, working with volunteers and leaders around the state to promote clean energy policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Previously, Cary has worked in affordable housing and local government supporting sustainable development and policies.

Cary has been an active advocate for climate policy since 2015. Cary is a leader and founding member of the 100% Athens Clean and Renewable Energy Initiative, which worked with Environment Georgia and the local government to set a target of 100% clean and renewable energy by 2035, established a fund of $15.4 million in local option sales tax revenue to support the transition and continues to collaborate with the municipality and local groups in developing the Athens Clean Energy Plan. Cary also serves as co-chair for the Just Energy Circle’s Policy Committee.

Cary has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Public Administration through the University of Georgia’s School for Public and International Affairs. She taught elementary school for twelve years and was awarded the Charlotte Brown Chair for Teachers of Special Education by the Athens-Clarke County Foundation for Excellence in Education in 2014.

Cary's Recent Posts


Georgians tell Georgia Power: "Don't Raise my Bill"

From the coast to the capitol, Georgians are speaking out about Georgia Power’s proposed bill increases.


Georgia Cities Set Big Goals for Renewable Energy

Athens-Clarke County is one of eight local governments in Georgia planning a transition to 100% clean and renewable energy.


Where the Candidates Stand On Energy: Incumbent Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock

In this blog post, we examine the policies and positions of Reverend Raphael Warnock, incumbent Democratic candidate running for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Also in this series, we profile Herschel Walker, the…

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